Is­land fi­nally gets on the map

Cape Breton Post - - Province / Atlantic -

Prince Ed­ward Is­land is back on the map. A map at Vancouver’s air­port has been amended to in­clude Canada’s small­est prov­ince, af­ter an ear­lier ver­sion over­looked it.

“The new map has been up­dated to re­flect new routes from YVR and of course now in­cludes P.E.I.,” Christo­pher Richards, spokesper­son for the Vancouver Air­port Author­ity, wrote in an email. “We sin­cerely apol­o­gize for the omis­sion and are happy the map has been up­dated to be more ac­cu­rate.”

The snub re­ceived na­tional at­ten­tion af­ter Is­lan­der Marie Gilchrist cried foul in March.

Gilchrist says the air­port author­ity alerted her of the change, and she was pleased to see P.E.I. re­stored on a “big and bright” world map as she trav­elled through YVR en route to Charlot­te­town.

“It’s very bright, and it’s cer­tainly where every­body can see it,” says Gilchrist.

The air­port author­ity is the lat­est in­sti­tu­tion to atone for over­look­ing the Is­land.

The Hud­son’s Bay Com­pany re­cently pulled a line of T-shirts and one­sies fea­tur­ing an in­com­plete map of Canada, and the Cana­dian Au­to­mo­bile As­so­ci­a­tion’s mag­a­zine plans to showcase the Is­land af­ter for­get­ting to la­bel the cra­dle of Con­fed­er­a­tion in a fea­ture map of Canada’s prime his­toric desti­na­tions.

Gilchrist says she is blown away by the recog­ni­tion P.E.I. has re­ceived in the wake of the con­tro­versy - in­clud­ing a spoof on This Hour Has 22 Min­utes in which a peeved Is­land politi­cian holds a press con­fer­ence over the in­dig­nity. It ends with a “potato drop.”

Gilchrist says when she saw the skit, she knew P.E.I. had “ar­rived.”

“I think it’s fi­nally been rec­og­nized that we’re not go­ing to leave out a small lit­tle is­land,” says Gilchrist.

“We’re go­ing to make sure this is a very im­por­tant part of Canada ... and we do de­serve the recog­ni­tion that’s ex­pected of ev­ery prov­ince.”

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